Sale 1261 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 3

Sale Date — Wednesday, 29 June, 2022

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Category — 1861 to Bank Note Issues (including Treasury Department)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
772
c
Sale 1261, Lot 772, 1861 to Bank Note Issues (including Treasury Department)10c Green, F. Grill (96). Straight edge at left, rich color, tied by segmented cork cancel of Nagasaki on folded letter in French datelined "le 3 Fevrier 1870" to "Monsieur le Directeur du Comptoir d'Escompte de Paris" Comptoir banking house in Shanghai, China, "Pignatel & Cie. Nagasaki (Japon)" double-oval handstamp, sender's directive "Per 'New York'"--carried by PMSS branch-line steamer New York, departing Yokohama Jan. 27, 1870, arriving Shanghai Feb. 8 (the long transit time may indicate mechanical issues)--stamp centered to top but sound

VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR COVERS FROM THE U.S. POST OFFICE IN JAPAN TO CHINA WITH 1861-68 ISSUE STAMPS PAYING THE 10-CENT RATE ARE RECORDED.

Letters between U.S. post offices in China and Japan were carried under the blanket 10c rate until the 6c interconsular rate was introduced. Based on archival correspendence, the rate is thought to have been implemented in mid-April 1870 (see Laurence 10c 1869 book, p. 281).

There are four recorded interconsular covers from Japan to Shanghai with the 10c 1861 or 1868 Grilled Issue paying this rate. In addition, there are three 1869 Pictorial covers (one 10c rate, offered as lot 773 in this sale, and two 6c rates) and a number of Bank Note Issue covers. One of the four 10c 1861-68 covers is in the Kanai collection of Japan, which is now part of a museum display and might never be sold.

Ex Ishikawa and Perlman. illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 187).

E. 10,000-15,000
13,000
773
c
Sale 1261, Lot 773, 1861 to Bank Note Issues (including Treasury Department)10c Yellow (116). Choice centering, tiny corner crease and minute perf tear at top from placement near edge, cancelled by Yokohama "X" chop on small cover with engraved red griffin design on backflap (of British manufacture), addressed to "Lady Alcock, Care H.B.M.'s Consul, Shanghai, China" --the second wife of Sir Rutherford Alcock, a British diplomat in Japan and China--redirected in red manuscript to "Canton" and posted with "Hong-Kong C De 26 69" British P.O. circular datestamp on back, manuscript "4" inter-treaty port rate (equivalent to 8c Hong Kong)

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A COVER FROM JAPAN TO CHINA--ONLY TWO OTHER 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS FROM JAPAN TO CHINA ARE RECORDED. THE COVER OFFERED HERE IS EXTRAORDINARY SINCE IT WAS FORWARDED FROM SHANGHAI TO CANTON VIA THE BRITISH POST OFFICE IN HONG KONG.

This cover originated in Yokohama, Japan, where the distinctive "X" chop cancel was applied by the U.S. post office. The cover was carried from Yokohama to Shanghai on a Pacific Mail Steamship Co. branch-line steamer (we do not know the departure or arrival dates, and therefore cannot determine which steamer). Prior to mid-1870, the U.S. rate between post offices in China and Japan was 10c, which is paid by the 10c 1869 stamp. Sir Rutherford Alcock served in Japan and China; at the end of 1869 he was probably in China with his wife. At the British Consulate in Shanghai, it was determined that Lady Alcock's mail was to be forwarded to Canton, and the letter was reposted. Mail between Shanghai and Canton travelled via the British Post Office in Hong Kong, where the December 26, 1869, backstamp and manuscript "4" inter-treaty port rate were applied (4 pence, or HK 8c).

Illustrated in Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 144). Ex Dr. Martin.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,500
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774
c
Sale 1261, Lot 774, 1861 to Bank Note Issues (including Treasury Department)2c Red Brown (146). Three, one straight edge at left, lovely deep shade, tied by quartered cork cancels on cover to Mrs. M. L. Lambuth, Shanghai, China, pencil "1873" just above address is partly erased and gives only clue as to year of use, top stamp barely affected from placement near edge of cover, few light gum soaks, small cover tear at top right, Very Fine, very rare interconsular cover from Yokohama to Shanghai, franked with 6c in postage for the rate from Japan to China

E. 750-1,000
700
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775
c
Sale 1261, Lot 775, 1861 to Bank Note Issues (including Treasury Department)10c Brown, Treasury (O77). Horizontal pair, with part of additional stamp at left and missing part of right stamp at bottom (prior to use), tied by cork cancels and "Yokohama Japan Dec. 10" (1873 or 1874) circular datestamp on large cover with "Treasury Department. Fourth Auditor's Office, Official Business" imprint from Washington D.C. in diplomatic pouch and then by mail from Yokohama to Hong Kong, China, addressed to Master G. P. Colvocoresses, U.S.S. Ashuelot, blue "Foreign Mail Wm. O. Avery, Chief Clerk, U.S.T.D." handstamp, manuscript "10854/K" is likely an internal Treasury Department number, pencil notation on back "From 4th auditor's about allotment", some toning and edgewear

FINE APPEARANCE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL STAMPS ON A COVER SENT FROM WASHINGTON D.C. TO HONG KONG VIA THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED OFFICIAL COVER TO CHINA OR HONG KONG, OR BETWEEN POST OFFICES IN THOSE COUNTRIES.

William O. Avery, the Chief Clerk of the Treasury Department, was indicted for taking part in the Whisky Ring. He was later pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant.

George Partridge Colvocoresses was promoted from Ensign to Master in June 1872 and again to Lieutenant in July 1875. He eventually rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. This December 10 cover to Master Colvocoresses could be either an 1873 or 1874 date. Official stamps were issued in July 1873, and the U.S. Post Office in Yokohama closed on January 1, 1875.

The stamps pay 20c postage for a double 10c rate letter due to weight.

Ex Ishikawa and Markovits.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,500
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